Ever since the concept of a corporation has been invented, it’s been a huge part of business, and have done many good things for society. And as the world changes, so do corporations, accommodating to a new society. Centuries ago corporations followed strict and simple rules, and were restricted from doing many things. However, after the civil war the 14th amendment (which was adopted on july 9 1868) was made stating that no one can be deprived of life, liberty, or property, in regards to black people, whom at the time have just been released from slavery. However the corporate lawyers, made it so that corporations are people and cannot be deprived of life, liberty and property. I believe that the prime purpose of corporations back then was to help society in many different ways. An example of corporations helping society by improving facilities is how they built bridges. And because of all the restraints of law they were limited to how much money and power they have. But for many years, corporations have gained more and more power and right now, it is the ideal way to run a successful business. People knew that if they started a major corporation, they will make tons and tons of money. The greediness in human beings has corrupted the integrity of corporations. Because of this, I feel that corporations’ aim has changed from helping other people, to helping themselves (getting as much profit as they can).
On Thursday, we were lucky enough to have Mr. Brown, the head of the KIT Future Design Institute in Tokyo, to give us a lecture on the ancient Japanese and how they dealt with the many problems they had to face and all the limitations in technology. He talked about how Japanese people were very clean and eco-friendly. Even many of the problems and issues that occur in our everyday lives were present in that era, the difference being that some of the methods that they used to help Japan become a more civilized and sociable community, were different from today’s world. I personally think that some of the methods should be brought back as I feel they are very effective. One of the methods they used that I thought was very smart was composting urine and feces for months so it can be used as a natural fertilizer. From attaining this knowledge I now have more faith in a better future where people are more environmentally friendly and less wasteful.
I think that learning history is very important because by having the knowledge of people’s lifestyle in past, we can not only learn from the people’s methods and beliefs, but we can also learn from their mistakes. The presentation demonstrated that Japanese people were very smart and were very careful about sustainability and inventing things that would last for generations to come. I think that there is some kind of notion that the world is getting smaller because the world is slowly overpopulating and soon earth won’t have enough space and won’t have enough natural resources for the human race to sustain a living on it.
If I would have the chance to go back to Motomachi Street and record all of the information again to improve upon my process of getting all of the information, I would only draw a sketch of a whole block or two block of the street to prevent confusion. I also would have drawn placement of the buildings differently to make it proportionate to the actual buildings on the street. Even though all of the information was correct and my group listed a lot of store, I think the presentation is not very good. First of all I think that there is too much written information on the map, and I could have used symbols and key to show the information. If I would have used symbols and keys, it would have left more space for detail and not only would it have made the locations and what they represent more clear but it would also make the map better aesthetically. Secondly, I could have put more color in the map to make it more interesting and more appealing to the eye. Despite all of these flaws, there are some aspects of my map that I think I did a good job on. For example, during the trip to Motomachi my group members and I gathered a lot of information about various shops. As for other sections of the assignment, I think that some improvements could have been made on my annotated map of Motomachi/Chinatown/Bluff. I think it was a bad idea to just simply write numbers on the map, with a black ball point pen, each representing a location. It looks sloppy and unprofessional and I coula have made more of an effort to make the map more interesting.
For the past two humanities lessons, Ms. Madrid has given us the opportunity to play and create some thing in class. On the first lesson, our task was to play a game of choice for 15 minutes. Some people chose to play a game on their computer or did something more creative such as playing with the ball and playing with paper airplanes. I chose to play “Call of duty 4: Modern warfare” which I downloaded to my mac, from the app store.
On the second lesson, our class was assigned to create some thing wether it be on digital format or something like a dance or poem. I got in a group with Bernie and we made a stop motion animation by taking photos on photo booth where we gradually move a little bit for each photo. I was very proud of our work and I thought that we put a lot of time and effort to perfect the animation. A lot of times we had to take a photo twice because one of us messed up or the camera was in an awkward position.
I think that there are a lot of benefits to having fun while working and more teachers should consider letting their students have fun while learning. Bernie and I both chose to make a stop motion animation because we both share a natural curiosity and interest towards filmmaking. Even though we had fun making it and to others it doesn’t look like study, we learned a lot of things about video editing and making a stop motion animation. For example we learned that it would have been easier to jut use a program called “iStopmotion”. We also used our past knowledge to make the animation. We already new about the importance of camera positions, so we took pictures from different angles. Study can by incorporated in recreational activities and having fun, and vice versa. I think that the main reason that studying is har for students is that it can feel relentless and students might need to take a break when studying. If we play a few games in the humanities class where we all will be doing something physically, rather than just sitting and typing on essays or creating presentations on our laptops, will be a better way of learning as these games will be stored in our mind as good memories and we will have an of understanding the topic in a better way.
1) How do both use statistics to communicate information? Do you think they are effective…why or why not?
Answer: I think that communicating information by using graphs and statistics is very effective because statistics are the only way for the information to be correct because statistics are always based on facts making it more reliable than someones opinion and their take on the topic.
2) How do both both use images and/or animation to communicate information? Do you think they are effective…why or why not?
Answer: In Hans Rosling’s video uses dots and places them on a graph where the x axis represents the average lifespan of a human being and where the y axis represents the average income per capita.
3) How does the message of Hans Rosling relate to the issues being discussed in the 7 Billion videos? Answer : Hans Rosling talks about hoe over the years, countries have gotten more advanced and the average lifespan per capita nave gotten higher and higher. This is because countries nowadays have better agriculture and medical care and less people die each year. On the flip side, more babies are born and they live longer now due to the better condition they live in, this will cause the world to be overpopulated.
4) What are your initial thoughts/feeling/concerns about these two videos? Answer : I thought that the Hans Rosling video was very well made and very cool and had a more positive message about how countries have developed over the years. The other video was very scary and concerning as it had a more negative message about overpopulation. Both videos taught me new information and were both very compelling
Over the last three weeks I was occasionally watching BBC or CNN on my computer but after hearing a lot of my friends and family members saying that the foreign media is exaggerating so I started watching Japanese News forecasts such as NHK and NNN because I felt that the information was more reliable. On the first week of spring break I went to Osaka and stayed at my relatives house where I had no problems getting and sharing news and information. I mostly stayed in the house so I had a lot of time to watch TV and I had access to the internet so I could always get the most recent updates about the earthquake. I also used the internet to go on facebook and communicate with my friends to see what they have been doing on the break. The second and third week of the break was spent in Romania and getting and sharing information was much more difficult. Mostly because my relatives didn’t have computers so I had no access to the internet for 2 weeks. I also could not watch the new because when I was in Romania I traveled a lot with trains and cars and I didn’t have enough time to watch T.V. Our Family used many different sources for information and shared that information in many different ways.
Television- This spring break I watched T.V. and watched the news more than ever. Whenever I had access to a T.V. I would watch the news to check for the most recent updates on the huge earthquake and occasionally I may see some good or reassuring news but mostly I see the devastating aftermath of the earthquake and the unfortunate loss of innocent lives affected by the earthquake and tsunami. I have learned a lot of things from watching the news for the past 3 weeks specifically about Japan. One specific story which I remember the most is about the earthquake making Honshu shift and the tectonic plates, greatly altered by the earthquake and trying to stabilize ground conditions which has been the cause of all these aftershocks. The advantages of finding out information because we can stay informed about the situation and it is important because we can know if we are safe or if we need to evacuate. The disadvantage of finding out information from T.V. is that there are so many news channels and news forecast that often say different thing about the earthquake depending on the news forecast.
Facebook- Over the past 3 weeks I have been on facebook a lot. Facebook is a very reliable website to share information and to keep in touch with friends when I am in situations such as this. You have easy access to your friends profile so you can always get the most recent updates from your friends and family members and chat with them to know what they are doing during the spring break and how they are reacting to the situation.
E-mail- I also used E-mail a lot because it’s very easy to communicate to others with and I also have a lot of friends and family members who don’t have or don’t use facebook so I used E-mail to communicate with them instead. I used my personal mail on Yahoo and I also used the YIS Gmail to get mail from my teachers that sent me homework for the spring break.
A lot of our friends from overseas believed that the radiation leak in Fukushima was worse than it actually was and they thought that the radiation level in Tokyo was very high and a lot of our relatives in Romania told us to evacuate immediately and go back to Romania. We weren’t so worried about the increasing radiation level because we watched Japanese news an they said that the radiation level in Tokyo is not too high and we are safe for now. I felt that the foreign media was exaggerating and made the situation look worse than it really is and it might have been the cause for all my relatives and friends that don’t live in Japan to overreact.
In this project I thought that I contributed a lot and worked very well with my partner, Bernie. First of all I gained a lot of information using different sources such as books, wikipedia and other websites simplifying it and re-writing it to my own words to put on the powerpoint presentation while Bernie put the slide transition. I also thought I participated very well on the voice thread as I not only repeated the information on the slides but also added some more information.
How could I had helped more:
I think I could have added more information on the slide talking about the history of Bukhara because i did not put in enough detail and could have added more on the origins of bukhara. When it come sto the voice thread I thought I did a good job but I could have let Bernie talk more.